Cybersecurity Transformation: From Reactive To Proactive To Predictive

Cybersecurity program transformation is not only about making material changes to capabilities that ensure the protection and continuity of information assets, it’s also about a transformation in thinking that makes better use of capabilities already in place. Together they can help organizations create new opportunities, build value, and realize previously unobtained improvements to their cybersecurity posture.

Transformation entails modernization and forward thinking, and better positions organizations to adapt to innovations and technology advancements, comply with audits and regulations, and evolve business operations.

“Organizations must have the cybersecurity capabilities to withstand material threats to the business value and mission,” said Tom Fleming, Sila practice lead. “They need resources and leadership support to be ready, willing, and able to defend against global cyber threats.”

Trends Broadening the Security Gap

Your program must adapt to your risk profile’s rate of change, and security controls must stay relevant. Trends we’re seeing today include:

  • Privacy regulations mandate data governance and controls across all customer channels.
  • Business relationships require third-party cybersecurity controls assurances.
  • Cloud-first IT strategies drive new security architectures, tools, and processes.
  • Increased integration of Internet of things, bring your own device, and social media into business processes.
  • The industrialization of hacking brings exponential volume, velocity, and variation of cyberattacks. Threat intelligence predicts continued double-digit attack rates year over year.

Why Transform a Cybersecurity Program?

Reasons for cybersecurity transformation are three-fold: to give a resolute response to protecting business value; to adapt to the evolving threats and regulations; and to enhance program performance to better protect, detect, and correct. The following indicators identify organizations that would be well served by cybersecurity transformation.

  1. IT Security and Compliance Readiness: IT compliance programs are immature, manual, or unpredictable, making it difficult to keep pace with increased regulatory and internal audit demands.
  2. Security Events, Incidents, and Breaches: The industrialization of hacking and expanding threat landscape increases the demand for new security capabilities. Businesses are expanding and growing more complex, escalating security risk and exposure.
  3. Data Security: Organizations’ confidential or high value data (e.g. regulated, intellectual property, customer data) requires enhanced security controls, monitoring, and incident response.
  4. Third Party Security Assurance: You have little visibility into the security posture of your business, IT partners, and suppliers whom have access to your environment.

From Reactive to Proactive to Predictive

The goals of cybersecurity transformation are to close the expanding security gap, and to shift from a reactive or proactive program to one that is predictive and can meet evolving business needs and external drivers head on. A predictive risk-enabled cybersecurity program would enable the following:

  • Real-time risk profiling for empowering business decisions
  • Early warning security systems that detect growing threats and exposures
  • Automated security processes and integrated technologies
  • Data-centric security models
  • Automating threat hunting and security analytics with big data
  • Behavioral analytics that detect anomalies in user and machine behavior
  • Self-learning and self-healing capabilities enabled through integrated security architectures